Harwich News

Selectmen Change Position On Library Preservation Oversight

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen has altered its decision to reduce the funding for the architectural services associated with the restoration and preservation of Brooks Free Library. The board had voted a couple of weeks ago to cut services, reducing funding for the work by more than $16,000. But the board received some negative feedback from the architectural firm being considered to oversee the project, McG...

Volunteer Breathes New Life Into The Tip O'Neill Rose Garden

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — When Toni Hollingsworth walked into the community center in June, she couldn't help noticing that the rose garden honoring former resident Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill had fallen into deplorable condition. Seeing that the garden needed some TLC to survive, Hollingsworth agreed to develop a volunteer program to see to its continued care. In 2002 the town was recognized by The American Rose Society as an...

Brooks Free Library Closed Again

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH — Plagued by continuing electrical problems, Brooks Free Library is closed again today.  It will reopen with limited service in the building's lobby on Saturday. Library Director Ginny Hewitt reported Friday that the building's emergency light inverter has failed again, the third such failure in the past 10 months. Because the building has no lights or emergency lights, it cannot be occupied. Staff ...

'Fall For Harwich' Presents Beach Day, Music Stroll This Weekend

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH — The crush of summertime visitors is over and there are plenty of leaves on the ground, if only because of Hermine. And it's the first big weekend of the season-long Fall for Harwich celebration. Weather permitting, Saturday's going to be the ultimate beach day. It's the Harwich Cranberry Festival's Beach Day at Red River Beach in South Harwich, starting at 11 a.m. (and in case of rain, it happens S...

Artist's 'Icons' Keep 9/11 Memories Fresh

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy went to her easel to express the deep emotions she was feeling and to try and find spiritual meaning behind the senseless violence. Now, 15 years later, her series of “Icons of 9/11” paintings are once again going on display in an exhibit at the Cape Cod Art Association. “Hard to believe that it has been 15 years...

Town Stops Work At Newly Sprouted Farm

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The Resilient Family Farm is growing faster than a zucchini in the heat of summer, and it has caught the eyes of town officials. Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski last week issued a stop work order on portions of the farm that are within the 100-foot buffer zone of wetlands. The farm is located on 3.14 acres down a shelled driveway at 35 Chatham Rd. Owner Barry Viprino said he has added another ...

Major Changes Coming To Harwich Port This Fall

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— The center of this village will see some changes in the near future, with Cumberland Farms planning to begin construction of a new convenience store in Mid-October and major plans for the former Dino's Harwich Port Grille property going before the planning board later this month. Even the United Gas station adjacent to the Cumberland Farms site, owned by Bassil Brothers Trust, got a facelift over...

Town Looking At Purchase Of Handler Property On Allen Harbor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen was scheduled on Tuesday night to go into executive session to consider the purchase of real estate at 397 Route 28, the former Handler's Auto Parts property that sits at the head of Allen Harbor. There is apparent interest in the purchase of the property, as the town's real estate and open space committee has also been discussing the property. That committee met on Aug. 19 in ...

WEST HARWICH — There is restoration activity taking place at the former Bishop's Terrace restaurant on Route 28 here. The activity has raised some eyebrows because the historic structure has sat vacant for more than three years. The work is reportedly being done to get the structure ready to be sold. The building, which according to tax records dates from 1778, was built by Job Chase, who owned the land fro...

Harwich Chamber Plans Fireworks On Bridge Dedication Day

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — On the Saturday of Columbus Day, the Route 124 bridge over Route 6 will be dedicated to a fallen World War II hero. Bridges for the Fallen is working with the chamber of commerce to make it a day-long event, including evening firework. Gov. Charles Baker signed special legislation in June designating the bridge United States Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ralph Wallace Burns Bridge. The legislation was...

Manatee At Home In Harwich Harbors

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A semi-tropical herbivore has been hanging out in Saquatucket Harbor. The last time a manatee was spotted in local waters was 2008 when a resident of Round Cove thought someone threw a piece of carpet into the water and then a nose rose to the surface. Deputy Harbormaster Bill Neiser said on Tuesday there was a report Sunday of someone seeing a manatee in Saquatucket Harbor. The first thought was ...

Though the sun, sand, and sea might beg to differ, it will soon be back to school time in Chatham and Harwich, with Monomoy, Cape Tech, and the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School all set to open their doors on Sept. 6.   Monomoy Regional School District Monomoy students will don their math hats this year with Math in Focus, which follows the Singapore Math framework, a method that aims for concept mast...